CYE Concerto Competition

Registration for the 2019 Civic Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition has officially closed. Check back in Fall 2019 for information regarding next year’s competition.


  • Any current 2018-2019 CYE student in good standing is eligible to compete in the 2019 CYE Concerto Competition. Past winners are not eligible.

  • Competition repertoire is restricted to concerti written for one soloist only. Pieces calling for multiple soloists are not allowed.

  • Competition repertoire must be written for soloist with orchestra accompaniment, and is subject to approval in advance by the DSYO Music Director and Civic Youth Ensembles staff.

  • The preliminary-round audition is no more than 10 minutes in length, with movements and passages chosen at the discretion of the jury. Accompaniment “tutti” cuts are permissible in both the preliminary and final rounds.

  • The results will be announced soon after the audition date on February 6, 2019. If a final round needs to be scheduled, finalists will be contacted no later than February 8, 2019, to schedule their final audition.

  • Auditioning from memory is not required but strongly encouraged.

  • Competitors must perform with accompaniment, and must provide his or her own pianist at all auditions.

  • All competitors must provide three copies (does not have to be originals) of the piano score or the full orchestral score of the repertoire for use by the jurors. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

  • Preliminary and final rounds are not open to the public.

  • Preliminary and final rounds may be recorded (audio and video) by the Wu Family Academy for evaluation purposes.

  • Professional attire and behavior is required of all competitors. The Wu Family Academy reserves the right to dismiss and disqualify any competitor failing to meet these standards.

  • The deadline for applications is 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any changes in repertoire after the application has been submitted must be approved by the DSYO Music Director and CYE Staff.

  • Applications must be submitted via the online registration form via the button above.

  • A competitor who fails to appear at his or her audition time will be immediately disqualified.

  • Withdrawing from the competition should be done via email and addressed to CYE Staff at

  • The Wu Family Academy reserves the right to cancel the competition if no suitable applicant is identified.


A good place to look for potential repertoire selections is any state music education solo & ensemble list. One example is the solo & ensemble list from the Maryland Music Education Association which you can access by clicking here. Instructions on how to access that list are included below:

  • All woodwinds, brass, and percussion: click on the "Maryland Band Solo Only" link under the Band Lists section.

  • All string players: click on your instrument solos (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) link under the String Lists section.

We also recommend consulting with your private lesson instructor (if applicable) or school music teacher to help select an appropriate piece.

If you have any questions about selection a piece, feel free to contact the CYE Staff at


The following is a list of area pianists who could be available to accompany any individual applying for the concerto competition. Names and contact numbers listed below:

  • Sheila Brookins - P: (586) 929-4231

  • George Cullinan - P: (908) 444-3614

  • Eleonore Elero - P: (586) 855-6382

  • Ok Jae Lee - P: (217) 722-7003  

*Individual rates and availability will vary between each pianist. Know that each individual's rates are decided on between the accompanist and musician.